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Grand Rapids Griffins | Move four-way

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– The Griffins improved to 2-0 all-time in the playoff series against Rockford and 4-1 in postseason play at the BMO Center.
Then Watson became the eighth of the last nine Griffins head coaches to win his first playoff series behind the team bench. It was his first series as a head coach in the AHL after leading the Toledo Walleye to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals twice.
– Grand Rapids improved to 12-6 all-time on the road when its opponent was eliminated.
– Berggren led the Griffins in scoring with five points (3-2-5) during the four games against the IceHogs.

Box score
Grand Rapids 2 0 2 – 4
Rockford 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Rockford, Reichel 1 (Del Mastro, Sanford), 14:11 (PP). 2, Grand Rapids, Mazur 1 (Czarnik), 2:22 PM. 3, Grand Rapids, Czarnik 3 (Johansson, Didier), 16:03. Penalties-Aston-Reese Gr (boarding), 12:32; Tuomisto Gr (preprocessing), 15:37; Hardman Rfd (Roughing), 15:37.

2nd period – No score. Penalties – Gust Rfd (trip), 8:02; Shimek Gr (cutting), 14:28; Phillips Rfd (Roughing), 18:10.

3rd Period-4, Grand Rapids, Berggren 3 (L’Esperance, Hirose), 5:00. 5, Rockford, Reichel 2 (Kaiser, Pitlick), 6:40 am. 6, Grand Rapids, Kasper 2 18:55 (EN). Penalties-Lombardi Gr (high sticking), 10:44.

Shots on goal-Grand Rapids 9-11-5-25. Rockford 7-4-12-23.
Power Play Possibilities-Grand Rapids 0/2; Rockford 1/3.
Goalkeepers-Grand Rapids, Cossa 3-1 (23 shots-21 saves). Rockford, Commesso 1-2 (24 shots-21 saves).
A-6.177

Three stars
1. GR Czarnik (goal, assist); 2. RFD Reichel (two goals); 3. GR Berggren (goal)

Recording/next match
Grand Rapids: 3-1 / Central Division Game 1 Final / Opponent/Date/Time TBA
Rockford: 1-3 / N/A

Photo by Rockford IceHogs